Are you struggling to get your dog to cooperate with you?

Have you gotten stuck at a certain point in your training?

Do you want to learn how to give your dog more of a say in what happens to them?

Learn everything you need to know to incorporate start button behaviors into your training and daily life with your dog

A start button behavior is like a green light - it's a dog saying go ahead. It provides a way for our learners to not just opt in to training, but to say "yes, please do more!" or "hold on, I need a break."

In this course, you will learn about the benefits of using start button behaviors, what behaviors can function as start buttons, and how to teach your dog the concept of a start button. You will work together with a certified professional trainer to develop start button communication with your own dog that will impact multiple areas of your life with them going forward!

Course participants will learn the background theory and skills they need to create and carry out their own start button training with their dog.

Working spots get:

  • 10 prerecorded modules with class materials, video examples, and resources

  • access to community discussion group

  • 4 live sessions with individual coaching and support

  • the opportunity to submit videos for feedback

  • a 1:1 success session with the trainer

  • 8 weeks of unlimited email support throughout the course

Auditor spots get:

  • 10 prerecorded modules with class materials, video examples, and resources

  • access to community discussion group

  • 4 live sessions with mic and camera turned off

Student Testimonials

This class was straight to the point and very informative. Throughout the course, Jill walks you through what exactly is a start button, how to teach it, what can go wrong, and shows you how helpful start buttons really can be. I’m so thankful to have learned this from Jill and implement more choice into my dogs life. She provides video feedback to help breakdown exactly what is going through your dogs mind during the sessions, which I found invaluable.


The Red Light Green Light course transformed start buttons from an abstract idea to a practical and applicable training strategy for me and my dogs. Before this course, I knew that start buttons were a great way to give your dogs agency and choice, but I was unsure about how to implement them in our daily lives. Through the course, I learned not only how to use start buttons correctly in our training, but how to ensure that my dogs understood the concept and were participating willingly and joyfully. Jill is such a pleasure to work with & is truly a wealth of knowledge! I will gladly participate in more of her courses in the future.


Jill was a lovely instructor - very friendly and kind, and very passionate about the course material with an excellent skill level for implementing this material in a lot of different ways and for a lot of different dogs. The material was well written and very clearly organized. I really enjoyed how much she was interested in improving our individual dogs' welfare through start buttons and I felt like she really created a community over the course of the class. I am very interested in working with Jill more and taking more classes from her! Highly recommend!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this course for?​ This class is for dog guardians who have some knowledge of clicker/marker training, but want to take their training from cue-response to a more conversational method of communicating with their animal.  It is also for trainers who coach clients on desensitization and counterconditioning procedures, but want to discover an even better way. ​

What's covered in the course? We cover everything from defining start button behaviors, observing them in action, troubleshooting start button procedures, discussing the documented benefits of start button procedures, and more!

For what types of training are start button behaviors useful? Start button behaviors can be useful for almost any training goal. We will see many examples of their use in grooming and cooperative care, desensitization and counterconditioning, sound sensitivity, fear, reactivity, and more.

When and where is the course? The prerecorded material is hosted on the platform Thinkific and available at your own pace during the course. You will have access to the material for six months. Live sessions will take place every two weeks on Zoom.

What if I can't make the live sessions? Live sessions will be recorded and made available to you. You'll also have the opportunity to submit video for direct feedback throughout the course and schedule a 1:1 session with Jill, so you will still be able to gain a lot from the experience!

Is this course accessible to me? All recorded lectures are provided with subtitles. A PDF version of the slides will be available to you. You will also have access to an audio-only version of the recordings. Live sessions will have closed captioning.

How do I sign up? Enrollment will open to the public here on Tuesday, May 3rd at 9am EST. Space is limited to 6 working spots and 4 auditors. Early enrollment access will be given to members of the Jack and Jill Patreon.